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Columbus Circle Monument in NY Could Be in Line for Removal

Columbus Circle Monument in NY Could Be in Line for Removal

Mayor Bill de Blasio shed some light Tuesday on the city's efforts to address growing concern over controversial statues and memorials throughout NY.

Below is video of the incident posted on a page called Popular Resistance.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has marched in the Columbus Day parade, but has said the celebration is now about Italian heritage, not Columbus himself. Many associate Columbus, who is often falsely credited with "discovering" what is now the United States, with enslaving, brutalizing and killing the native people he encountered in his travels. "I would want the commission to look at that statue as well". "He is a controversial figure and I know that some may take offense to that but for many of us that come from the Caribbean islands, we see him as a controversial figure".

Signs that read "Racism: Tear it down" and "The Future is Racial and Economic Justice" were left next to the monument, originally erected in 1792 and moved to its current location in 1964.

"The Columbus statue is obviously one that will get very immediate attention because there's been tremendous concern raised about it", Ben Sarle, a mayoral spokesman, wrote in an emailed statement.

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The vandalism comes almost one week after city officials swiftly removed four controversial monuments: a statue of Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, the Confederate Women's monument, the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument and a statue of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, who authored the 1857 Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery. President Trump criticized those efforts as an attempt to erase parts of USA history.

Columbus has become an increasingly polarizing figure over the last several decades, with many cities around the US renaming "Columbus Day" as "Indigenous Peoples' Day" instead.

On Monday, de Blasio told reporters that he would not comment on any specific statue but acknowledged that the Sims statue is among the ones that will be examined.

According to The Post, the mayor had little to say when asked about whether other historical figures honored in stone or metal in the city, like Ulysses S. Grant and New York Gov. Horatio Seymour, could be targeted for removal. But during a press conference today, he again said he would not speak on any particular statue. Across the country, Natives have been calling for the removal of monuments to Columbus as well given his documented role in the persecution of Natives. "I will also bluntly remind you that it will not change the history of those they commemorate, controversial or otherwise". Meanwhile in Brooklyn, a rally was held Tuesday as protesters fight for the renaming of General Lee Avenue and Stonewall Jackson Drive in Fort Hamilton.